Prada Fall Winter 2013 – 2014

Prada Fall Winter 2013 - 2013
Prada Fall Winter 2013 – 2013

Prada lost me for the spring summer 2013 collection. I couldn’t get past the awful shoes and not so inspired Japanese references. The Prada Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 collection is beautiful. It has some Prada quirk but it was completely wearable and mature. Not your Grandmother’s mature but grown ass woman looking hot mature. Miuccia Prada booked Mariacarla Boscono for the show and the only thing that would have made this it perfect would have been an appearance by Sasha Pivovarova.

images: vogue.com

Perfecto Mag #style #fw2012 #Toronto

Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle

It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the Fall Winter 2012 Perfecto Mag Street Style video. I’ve been dying for it to come out and here it is. It’s amazing how it all came together. There was hair and makeup, styling, still shots and video clips.

Most of the clothing from the video is my own. I’ve taken some screengrabs to break it down.

Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle
Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle

80% of the time I’m wearing some kind of Prada sunglasses. Here I’m sporting the Minimal Baroque.

Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle
Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle

Ahh the pants, a random Versace x H&M find. They look great on camera.

Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle
Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle

One of my favourite clutches bought from my favourite (now closed) stores, Chasse Gardee. I can’t remember where I bought the ring, probably Obsessions. The Hermès bracelet is paired with one from Lia Sophia (courtesy of Lia Sophia). Nails are gold by Essie.

Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle
Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle

The shoes are my replacement Camilla Skovgaard’s. They look really great in the video. I was standing on a small brick wall in the Front and Church intersection at the time. It was funny shooting there with everyone gawking.

Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle
Perfecto Fall Winter 2012 Streetstyle

The jacket isn’t mine. It’s beautiful and it’s Greta Constantine. I love it. The white button up is from Joe Fresh.

Thank you so much Diego, May and Kristjan for asking me to be part of this Perfecto Mag joint!

Video: Istoica
Beauty Director: Kristjan Hayden for Aveda Canada / Plutino Group
Beauty: Aveda Canada
Production: Diego Armand, May Truong, Kristjan Hayden
Styling: Colleen Henman
Assistants: Abdi Omer and Jill Lerner
Music: “Let me Out” feat. Alixe Turner by Grandtheft (U-Tern Remix) // Plant Music

Clothing: Line knitwear, Jacflash, Topshop at The Bay, H&M, Equipment, Cheap Monday, American Apparel, Libertine Libertine, True Religion, Rich and Skinny, BB Dakota & Joie.
Models: Kate Corbett, Adrien Reynolds, Michelle Mylett, Tala Kamea, Anita Clarke, Nati Vanstone, Karen Roze, Nitasha Goel, Robert Weir, Michael Madjus, Sarah Colford, Stephanie Ayoub, Cheryl Kozoriz, Kristina Bozzo, Melanie Bozzo, Noriko Kasai, Ashley Rowe, Rui Mateus Amaral, Andrea Beechey, Mona Koochek, Amanda Lew Kee, Dwayne Kennedy, Beatrix Pausey, Leilanni Todd, Siena Pao & Colleen Henman.

Prada Spring Summer 2012 Ad Campaign Print and Video

Prada looked to vintage cars as her inspiration for Spring Summer 2012. The collection is playful and reminds me of Grease. The shoes are pretty killer too.

This campaign video doesn’t even come close to being as good as Spring Summer 2011, it’s still pretty fun.

Models: Natasha Poly, Guinevere van Seenus, Elise Crombez, Meghan Collison, Katryn Kruger and Ymre Stiekema.
Photographer: Steven Meisel

images: fashiongonerogue.com

i want: Prada “Made in India” Dress

Prada

Prada PR are lovely people who keep me in the loop. I get a lot of updates about celebrities wearing the clothing that I enjoy receiving but don’t post about usually. However, Jennifer Garner in the Prada “Made in India” dress changed my mind.

Last year, I wrote about the Prada “Made in …” Project. A limited edition collection that partners with artisans from across the world. The ‘Made in India’ collection dress is handmade in workshops dedicated to Chikan. It’s an ancient type of Indian embroidery noted for its light textiles and floral motifs in delicate cotton thread.  The green dress is lovely but I had to include the celebrity photo for the other colourway. It’s beautiful.

Prada
Pains me to put a celebrity on the blog but the colour of this dress is really nice.

images: courtesy of Prada

i got: Minimal Baroque Sunglasses by Prada

Sneak peek at the Prada's

The Prada Minimal Baroque sunglasses have been my obsession since the spring summer 2011 collections hit the Milan runways last September. I originally wanted the crazy blue and white ones. They’d make a great addition to my crazy sunglasses collection.

Minimal Baroque Sunglasses by Prada
It didn’t look like the blue ones would be coming up to Canada in any major quantities so I decided on the tortoise shell Minimal Baroque sunglasses instead.
Minimal Baroque Sunglasses by Prada
My favourite Prada SA John helped The Oracle and I decide between the two offerings, black and tortoise. I liked the lens shade better in the tortoise and they were a bit more exciting than basic black.

God I love these Prada sunnies

Like most of my sunglasses these Prada’s get as many stares as my neon green Prada Postcards.

Check out this short commercial for the Prada Minimal Baroque Sunglasses.

images: prada.com, me

Prada Fantasy Motionbook for Fall Winter 2010 – 2011

I’m all over Prada Spring Summer 2011 right now. I love the collection and accessories. The video ad campaign is on loop at my house. Prada is good at the marketing that goes into the brand. The spring summer 2011 collection sold me on the runway. The video and print ad campaign turned it into lust. Prada had a great lookbook for fall winter 2010 – 2011 which they recreated in video form. I’m hoping something like this happens for spring summer too.

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Video Ad Campaign

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

I’m obsessed over this Prada Spring Summer 2011 Video Ad Campaign. I’m drinking the Prada koolaid very hard this year. The print ads were just so beautiful and now they’ve come up with this drool worthy video. How can I not love this campaign. It’s got of my favourite models, Kinga Rajzak and Mariacarla Boscono dancing around with Josephine Baker hair. I’m also loving Arizona Muse.

Check out the behind the scenes video of the campaign.

This is textbook example of what draws me to Prada. I want everything in the collection, even the coloured fur stoles. It’s great to be excited for Prada again. The last time for me was the fall winter 2007 collection.

image: thefashionspot.com

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

Prada and Steven Meisel, a match made in ad campaign heaven. What incredible and vibrant shots for one of my favourite collections of the spring summer 2011 season.

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Ad Campaign
The more I see these shoes, the more I fall in love with them.

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Ad Campaign
I heard that these great sunglasses will not be produced for retail. I’m really sad cause I had them lined up to be my next crazy pair.

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

images: thefashionspot.com

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Handbags

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Handbags

Another great thing to come out of the Prada spring summer 2011 collection is the handbags. It was all out colour.
Prada Spring Summer 2011 Handbags

They are simple bag shapes, made out of cotton and probably priced a bit on the high side.  That doesn’t stop me wanting the schoolboy like satchels at all.
Prada Spring Summer 2011 Handbags

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Handbags

images: tooklookbook.com

Prada “Made in …” Project

Prada "Made in …" Project
Prada is collaborating with the best artisans from India, Scotland, Peru and Japan to produce a limited edition collection of items that will be available in 2011. They will be found in select Prada stores and are promising to be expensive.

the company continues to identify those specialized craftspeople that represent an unrivaled standard of excellence. Using Mario Prada’s time-honed strategy, Prada collaborates with these exquisite artisans to produce modern, innovative designs utilizing the traditional craftsmanship, materials, and manufacturing techniques of a specific region. In an unceasing quest for excellence, Prada continues to transcend geographical boundaries. Rather than restrictive, such “barriers” offer new ways to think and work. This approach has led naturally to the new “Made in …” project.

Prada "Made in …" Project

“PRADA Made in Scotland”
A collection of traditional tartan wool kilts from the original UK workshops that utilize centuries-old manufacturing and weaving techniques.

“PRADA Made in India”
A collection of entirely handmade garments from the workshops that specialize in Chikan — the most ancient and refined type of Indian embroidery – and handmade, multicoloured ballerina flats, sandals and handbags that employ an equally sophisticated traditional weaving technique.

“PRADA Made in Japan”
A collection of jeans produced by Dova, the world’s most sophisticated denim manufacturer. The “PRADA Made in Japan” jeans can be custom ordered in four different varieties of cloth and seven different washes, meaning that every article is one-of-a-kind.

“PRADA Made in Peru”
A collection of alpaca wool knitwear using artisanal techniques from the most traditional workshops of the Peruvian “campesinos”.

images: nylonmag.com and courtesy of Prada

Prada Spring Summer 2011

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Womens

I haven’t talked about the Spring Summer 20111 collections much yet. TIFF really threw me off and a lot of shows haven’t wowed me. Things started to pick up in Milan and I got a bit more interested. Expect some more posts about the collections I enjoyed for Spring Summer 2011. Miuccia Prada described the Prada Spring Summer 2011 collection as “minimal Baroque” and “exaggerated simplicity.” Tim Blanks saw references from hospital scrubs and Josephine Baker. I liked a lot of the bold colour, stripes and prints. The shoes were a little suspect, but another indicator of the 90s revival in fashion.

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Womens

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Womens

The sunglasses are growing on me. My initial reaction was WTF but now I’m thinking I need a pair of sunglasses that make my neon yellow Prada Postcard look tame. I like the two looks: nerdy and girly.
Prada Spring Summer 2011 Womens

I’m loving the handbags.  The satchel shape is great for bright colour and bold stripes.

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Womens

Prada Spring Summer 2011 Womens

The full video is out. It’s the same location as the men’s show.

images: style.com

LAX Diaries – Day 2

LAX Diaries - Day 2 - Rodeo Drive

My first full day in California started with a trip to Rodeo Drive. It seems pretty fitting that my first sightseeing trip in LA would be its luxury centre. The actual road is pretty short but the surrounding blocks have other high-end and moderately priced clothing shops like Roots, Club Monaco and Gap. There were high-end stores I would have never expected to see like Harry Winston. We walked in and took at look at the celeb worn jewels but didn’t walk past the burly security guard who watched over the area where the sales staff where. I didn’t go into a lot of stores as I was a bit overwhelmed with the options. LA is a huge tourist town and I always find it funny to see people taking pictures at some cheesy Rodeo Drive landmark like a sign or water fountain. This happened everywhere, It’s that movie influence and one of the few things I find distasteful about LA.

LAX Diaries - Day 2 - Prada

Most of the stores where fairly plain-looking. It seemed only the Prada store lived up to luxury standards. It’s my favorite store on the strip and my favorite looking luxury store period. It’s got crazy architecture with large staircases leading up to the second floor from the front and back of the main floor. The entrance is open to the street front. It the kind of storefront you cant miss. Accessories and shoes take up the main floor while women’s is on two and mens on third. I was wearing my Milan postcard sunglasses and one of the sales staff complimented me on them. With all the money on Rodeo Drive it was interesting to see that Prada was the only on putting their money where their mouth is. This store is so awesome that at the Victoria’s Secret VIP party I spent a lot of time talking with the Beckerman’s about the greatness that is the Rodeo Drive Prada.

LAX Diaries - Day 2 - Prada

Another great store is the Taschen bookstore. What I would do for one of these in Toronto. I love Taschen books. They have a great selection of fashion, art and pop culture books that are always so eye-catching and well put together. There were a lot of expensive limited edition books for sale there. We are talking $4000 Muhammad Ali and Valentino books. There is another location in New York which I’ll have to check out when I return. One of my only regrets of the trip was not getting to see the independent shops in the city. I noticed that LA has a lot of chain stores so it would have been nice to see something not corporate.

Afterwards it was a trip to a California staple, In n Out Burger. I didn’t get anything animal style because frankly it looked absolutely disgusting. It was the first and last bit of junk food I ate on the trip. I was told that California has the best junk food so I had to give it a shot. Meh is all i have to say about In n Out Burger. Paul and Lauren live about a ten minute walk to the beach which is amazing and convenient. Paul and I walked from Santa Monica pier to the Marina del Ray pier, 5pm in total. The beaches were so wide and the sand is beautiful. The water is cold. This is what I’m told as I didn’t go in the water. That didn’t stop people and the beaches where full of swimmers. There are great bike paths that run parallel with the beach. I was really stupid and didn’t think to bring my rollerblades with me. It would have been awesome. It’s stunning how picturesque this place is, totally breathtaking.

LAX Diaries - Day 2 - Venice Beach

We wandered along the path and the trip took us right through the famous Venice Beach. It was quite a scene of characters. Old hippies were selling all sorts of things with varying degrees of usefulness. You saw the occasional crazy or eccentric person who was on a bike or roller-skates who would spontaneously break into song. I saw spontaneous singing more than once during my trip. I guess its bound to happen in the entertainment capital of the world. There were the medical marijuana guys with potleaf lays who would take you to some strange-looking storefront to get you a license through one of the doctors on staff. Of course I saw Gold’s Gym and was amazed at what a strange cliché it really is. That could be said about Venice Beach in general. It even had your ultra religious crew that were out trying to save everyone’s soul. For the most part these people just stood around with their signs and recited scripture.

LAX Diaries - Day 2

We ended the walk at Paul’s old haunt in Marina del Ray called Venice Whaler Bar & Grill (10 Washington Blvd). It has a beautiful patio overlooking the ocean. Paul says that on when it’s sunset on beautiful clear night the staff rings a bell. It’s a super cute place and we have a few beers before returning to Santa Monica for dinner at The Yard. The chef is Chris CJ Jacobson from Bravo TV show called Top Chef. It’s a gastropub that features American style tapas using fresh produce from the Santa Monica farmer’s market. The food was delicious and we had a very cute curly-haired waiter.

After dinner we had some drinks at a cute place called Bar Chloe which is known for their extensive cocktail menu. We met up with another couple who were friends with Paul and Lauren. I loved this place. It was a beautifully decorated bar that is recreating the look of a pre-WWII Parisian salon. If I lived in Santa Monica this would be one of my regular haunts. I wish I could remember what I had exactly but the lavender gimlet sounds about right. As we were leaving our cute waiter was entering after his shift. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to flirt with him. Ha.

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i want: Postcard Sunglasses by Prada

Postcard Sunglasses by Prada

I love the fluorescent green Postcard Sunglasses by Prada. They really were made for me and they match my Blackberry case.

Postcard Sunglasses by Prada

They come in six colours that are dedicated travel destinations: Milan: green sunglasses dedicated to Forte dei Marmi; Los Angeles: light pink sunglasses dedicated to Santa Monica; Manhattan: transparent sunglasses with pink lenses dedicated to Montauk; Paris: transparent sunglasses with light grey lenses, dedicated to Biarritz; London: transparent grey sunglasses with orange lenses, dedicated to Cornwall; Lisbon: matte black sunglasses with black lenses dedicated to Setùbal.

I’ve seen these sunglasses at Holt Renfrew and Spectacle in the city. You can purchase them online at Prada.com or Sunglasses Hut

images: me, nitrolicious.com

Vogue Nippon May 2010 – The Girl From Atlantis

Vogue Nippon May 2010 - The Girl From Atlantis
This editorial is absolutely stunning. I love the use of the Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis spring summer 2010 pieces. It’s quite fitting in this underwater world. Other designers in the editorial include Balmain and Prada.

Vogue Nippon May 2010 - The Girl From Atlantis

Photographer: Solve Sundsbo
Styist:George Cortina
Model: Alla Kostromichova

images: the Fashion Spot

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

I really like the Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign. The images tie into the short film Prada created with Chinese artist Yang Fudong.

Featuring young men gathered in Shanghai, dressed in Prada meanswear, the black and white film portrays a timeless, dreamlike realm where anything is possible. Inspired by Chinese adage that “the whole year’s works depends on a good start in the spring”, it is a bold and beautiful film represents an exciting new direction for Prada’s visual communications at the start of the season(source).

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Prada Menswear Spring Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

images: thefashionspot.com

Spring Summer 2010 Runway Fashion Trends


I have some trend forecasting posts for Spring 2010, but I realize that doesn’t help anyone looking for what is going on after the shows have happened. Here is a post to help those who are getting directed to the Fashion Trends Forecasting Spring Summer 2010 post. These are the trends that are hitting the streets for spring and summer 2010.

SS10 Trends Lingerie Jean Paul Gaultier
Lingerie on the outside – Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier

SS10 Trends Blazers Junya Watanabe
The blazer. See Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Isabel Marant, Balmain

SS10 Trends Legs Versace
Legs in shorts or skirts. See Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Versace

SS10 Trends Leather Celin
Leather. See Celine, Ann Demeulemeester, YSL, Rick Owens, Greta Constantine

SS10 Trends Sports Rag & Bone
Sport. See Rag and Bone, Alexander Wang, Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci, Hermès

SS10 Trends On the Farm RalphLauren
On the Farm. See Chanel, D&G, Ralph Laure, Christopher Kane


Knotting and draping. See Burberry, Donna Karen, Lanvin

SS10 Trends Prints Alexander McQueen
Prints. See Versace, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Alexander McQueen

SS10 Trends Kitten Heels Louis Vuitton

Kitten Heels.  See Marni, Louis Viutton, Missoni

SS10 Trends Sheer Donna Karen
Sheer – Donna Karen, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Jeremy Laing

Cutouts. See Phi, Mark Fast, Viktor & Rolf, Michael Kors, Gucci

SS10 Trends Military Jil Sander
Military РBalmain, Celine, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chlo̩, Phi

SS10 Trends Stripes Givenchy

Stripes. See Roland Mouret, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, Gareth Pugh

SS10 Trends Lavender Louise Goldin
Lavender. See Louise Godin, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs,

Matthew Williamson, Versace, Burberry, Louis Vuitton

images: style.com, the fashion spot

i want: Fall 2009 Thigh High/Over the Knee Boots

Stella McCartney Perforated Thigh High Boot
Stella McCartney Perforated Thigh High Boot

I’m in love with the all the tall boots coming out this Fall. Over the knee, boot leggings, thigh highs. Whatever you want to call them, I love them.

Marc Jacobs Thigh High BootPrada Over the Knee Boot

Prada Over the Knee Riding Boot YSL Over the Knee Boot

Marc Jacobs, Prada, Prada, YSL

Of course, I talked about the to die for Gucci’s already.

Men’s Spring 2010 Fashion Show Venues

Wallpaper.com did there seasonal post about fashion show venues. I always like seeing the photos of the venues before the people, models, photographers and clothing arrive.

Moncler
Moncler

The Moncler venue is stunning. The models walked on the deck of the pool.

Galliano
Galliano - My Favourite

I love the graffiti in venue, it was quite the contrast to the John Galliano Sprign 2010 collection.

images: Wallpaper.com.

Prada Ready to Wear – Resort 2010

Prada Ready to Wear - Resort 2010

I wasn’t a fan of the Fall 2009 – 2010 collection. It wasn’t for me with the waders and boxy cuts. For Resort, it’s a much softer Prada. Miuccia showed a collection influenced by the beach. It was a much simpler collection, relying more on colour combination and prints for the wow factor. The shoes look walkable, also in contrast to the disaster that was Spring Summer 2009. I loved the print work from the Spring 2009 collection, so it was nice to see prints making a comeback.

See the whole collection at style.com.

images: Prada Resort 2010 – Fashion News – WWD.com.

Prada The Iconoclasts

Prada The Iconoclasts
 

Four fashion editors take over the visual identify of four Prada stores.

Alex White – NYC Broadway

Prada The Iconoclasts NYC

Prada The Iconoclasts NYC

Prada The Iconoclasts NYC

Katie Grand – London Old Bond Street

Prada The Iconoclasts London

Prada The Iconoclasts London

I really love the NYC styling. Coming soon is Olivier Rizzo – Milan Via Monte Napoleone (Feb 25, 2009) and Carine Roitfeld – Paris Avenue Montaigne (March 5, 2009).

images: prada.com

LG Prada phone @ CES 2009

So, my LG Canada friends have been keeping me posted about the new Prada phone that debuted at CES this year. I’m always interested in the intersecting world of fashion design and electronics.

It looks very slick but there isn’t much in way of specifications right now:

  • Camera 2M CMOS Camera / LED Flash
  • Dimensions 98.8 × 54 × 12 mm
  • Weight 95g
  • Memory External Memory Slot (Micro SD)
  • Standard Battery Innerpack Battery 800mAh
  • USB USB 2.0, USB Mass storage
  • Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0
  • Frequency EDGE Tri-Band (900/1800/1900)